Kale Apple Salad
Mess Level: Low
Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: None
- 1 Large head Purple or Green Kale
- 1 Tart Apple
- 1-2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
- ¼ Cup Slivered Almonds
- Rinse the kale and thoroughly dry it.
- Strip the kale leaves off the stem, a little stem at the top is ok. Stack a few of the Kale leaves into a tight bunch and chop it very finely. Gather it back up and repeat until it's in very small pieces. Repeat this with the rest of the kale.
- Peel the apple if the peel is waxy, otherwise feel free to leave it on. Place the apple firmly on its base, then cut around the core. Place the apple pieces on their flat side, cut them into slices and then cut across to make a dice.
- Toss the apple with the chia seeds in a bowl. Combine the apple, kale and slivered almonds in a salad bowl. Dress with the Lemon Vinaigrette or your favorite dressing right before serving. Enjoy!
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Ramblings of a Line Cook
Did you know I discovered the best trick for opening produce bags at the grocery store? Before grabbing the bag, pick up the produce you want so your fingers get wet and then open the bag! It's brilliant and much more sanitary then licking your fingers in a fit of desperation as I have certainly never been known to do.
On the subject of produce let's talk about Kale. I like Kale. Not to the point that I’m going to wear a shirt that says “Kale” on it (Target you might want to reconsider your fashion direction), but to the point that when kale goes on sale for 99. Cents, and it’s all crisp and green and beautiful under the delicate sprinklers in the produce section, I’m probably going to buy it with great aspirations of health and well-being.
However, chewing on a large piece of Kale makes me feel a bit like a cow chewing her cud, which is not the image I was going for on my journey to health and wellness, so I’ve discovered a few ways to make this bristly beast shine. One is by bruising it, you can do this by massaging the kale gently with your fingers or you can pop that sucker in a Ziploc with a little oil and go to town with a rolling pin (my preferred method).
Another is chopping the kale really, really finely. This breaks it down so much that you don’t have to chew for hours and is what we’re doing for this recipe. Then you use the kale to enhance the ingredients that you actually like! I like apples, I hear chia seeds are all the rage and I happened to find a bag of slivered almonds in the very dark, lonely corner of my pantry. Tada! A fantastic salad that you can feel good about AND enjoy.